Health, Wealth & Happiness

Personal Training for Sustainable Results

Are you overwhelmed by all the information that is out there about exercise and nutrition? What exactly does it mean to “exercise and eat right?” Hire a personal trainer to get a healthy living plan that is tailor-made for you.


Men and women come in all shapes and sizes and are looking for a variety of results. In my initial consultation with clients, I spend a lot of time listening so that I get to know their personality. 

A trainer should discover where you are and work with you to find the best plan you can continue for life. Shelly Halfman of ShellyG Fitness says, “I believe in meeting people where they are at, and building on daily successes.” She has a degree in social work and psychology and knows that understanding a person’s mindset and background and what they want to accomplish is part of her role in working with them.

Katie Peterson of PT with KT says, “Most clients have a goal in mind but don’t know how to achieve their goals or have tried by themselves and didn’t reach what they were looking for. They need reassurance and accountability to stay focused.”


In my consultations with clients, we talk about their goals, and I like to encourage clients to come up with specific goals such as, “I will run a 5K on March 20.” This way we have something we can work toward so we can measure and gauge progress.

I also dig deeper to find out what really motivates clients to seek better fitness. Usually there’s something deeper behind the goal. Maybe you’re about to become a grandmother, and you want to make sure you can still get down on the floor to play with your grandkids. Or a recent doctor’s visit has you worried about your “numbers.” Finding this deeper motivation is the key to achieving your goal.


I do not tell my clients what to do at all times or dictate a strict diet. Clients are better off learning how to make their own decisions within guidelines that we discuss together. We figure out what works best given your unique circumstances.

Kara Short of Fit Personal Training says, “You have to start where you are….meaning, nail the basics (exercise and eating habits) before trying to progress to something harder.” She and her clients “celebrate all successes, big or small.  We work together to develop a positive mindset.”  

Halfman says, “Strength plus cardiovascular exercise plus flexibility plus nutrition equals success for optimal metabolism, hormone balance, strength, bone density, balance, avoiding injury and heart health.” A trainer can help develop your personalized program for success. 


Be in it for life. You don’t have to pay for a trainer for life, although it can be a long-term relationship that changes and develops along with you and your life. But the key is to find and develop habits that can be sustained. The very best weight loss is maintained by finding healthy habits and continuing to do them for a lifetime. Short says, “Losing weight and changing your habits isn’t easy, and it takes time. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Halfman encourages people to try many different types of exercise to find out what is the best fit. The same is true for nutrition. What works for your neighbor or your spouse might not be the best fit for you. Keep trying different things to find what is best for you and what you can stick with for a lifetime. You will find success with something.

Peterson’s motto is, “No Problems, Only Solutions! It’s not about having the time; it’s about making the time! Women are always giving, and this is an investment in yourself and a chance to refresh your mind and feel amazing.” 

Emily Watkins is personal trainer, freelance writer and editor.